The Los Angeles Times has announced details for Food Bowl, its annual festival celebrating Southern California’s dynamic food scene, taking place September 1 – 30. The month-long festival presented by City National Bank will combine the best of local eateries and world-renowned chefs in a series of over 30 pop-up dining events across Los Angeles, while also highlighting issues of food access, sustainability, and waste reduction.
Festivities will kick off Sept 1st with a launch party honoring The Times’ Restaurant of the Year, Anajak Thai, and Gold Award honoree, Meals by Genet. This year’s lineup will also feature The Times’ return to Paramount Pictures Studios’ back lot with Food Bowl’s Night Market tasting events on Sept. 23, 24, and 25. Tickets are available now at lafoodbowl.com, with discounted early bird pricing for a limited time.
Food Bowl highlights will include:
Food Bowl Opening Night at Grandmasters Recorders, Sept. 1
The festival will launch with an opening night party featuring guest chefs, food and drinks, live DJs, and the presentation of The Times’ 2022 Restaurant of the Year and Gold Award.
Restaurant of the Year Dining Series with Anajak Thai, Sept. 2 & 3
Food Bowl will present two dining events in celebration of the Restaurant of the Year, Anajak Thai, chosen by Times Restaurant Critic Bill Addison. Chef Justin Pichetrungsi will serve up one-of-a-kind omakase dinners featuring 8-10 specially selected courses for 20 guests at a time.
Gold Award Dinners with Meals by Genet, Sept. 9 & 10
In honor of this year’s Gold Award honoree, Meals by Genet, selected by Times Food General Manager Laurie Ochoa, Food Bowl will present two multi-course dinner sessions. Semi-retired chef Genet Agonafer will open her restaurant’s doors in Little Ethiopia once again to host all-inclusive family-style dinners featuring the menu’s finest dishes. Each dinner will include a selection of appetizers, mains, beer, wine, and desserts.
Night Market at Paramount Pictures Studios, Sept. 23, 24 & 25
Food Bowl’s Night Market will take over the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot for a three-day outdoor food and drink festival, featuring tastings from more than 40 restaurants per session, libations, live cooking demonstrations, DJs, and more. The all-inclusive ticketed events are “Smoked Soirée,” which will spotlight a themed street featuring BBQ and burger specialties from restaurants including Moo’s Craft BBQ, Heavy Handed Burgers, and San Juan Capistrano’s Heritage Barbecue; “Saturday Night Flavor,” will highlight some of the city’s best international cuisine from Lunasia Dim Sum House, Tacos 1986 and Flavors from Afar among others; and “Backlot Brunch” with bites from L.A. classics and budding icons like Jitlada, Ditroit, The Brothers Sushi and more. Tickets for all sessions are available now.